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  1. Vaccine May Treat Lung Cancer

    April 25, 2008 -- An experimental vaccine that works by training the immune system to kill specific tumor cells is showing promise for the treatment of early lung cancer, researchers report. The immune-system-boosting vaccine targets a protein expressed in certain cancer cells, but not in normal cel

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  2. Common Viruses Raise Lung Cancer Risk

    April 25, 2008 -- Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer, but new research suggests that common viruses, including one linked to cervical cancer, may also contribute to the development of the deadly disease. Scientists have found evidence of the measles virus and human papillomavi

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  3. Smokers and Lung Cancer: Gene Risk?

    April 2, 2008 -- Some smokers may be especially vulnerable to lung cancer because of a genetic variation in chromosome 15. Three new studies published in this week's editions of Nature and Nature Genetics focus on a region of chromosome 15 in smokers. Variations in that area of chromosome 15 are lin

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  4. Lung Cancer Rarer in Sunny Countries?

    Dec. 18, 2007 -- A new study shows that sunshine may make lung cancer less likely, thanks to vitamin D, which the body makes when exposed to sunshine. The study tracks lung cancer rates in 111 countries. Lung cancer rates were lower in countries along the equator than in countries far from the equat

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  5. Lung Cancer Blood Test in the Works

    Dec. 7, 2007 -- The first blood test for lung cancer may be one step closer to reality. Doctors at Duke University have developed a lung cancer blood test that focuses on four blood proteins. The test isn't ready for lung cancer screening. But if it succeeds in further studies, the test may help det

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  6. Gene May Suppress Lung Cancer

    Nov. 13, 2007 -- Scientists have discovered a gene that may block lung cancer development and make a target for lung cancer treatment. The gene is called Gprc5a. It's the topic of a new study from researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. They found that mice with one or tw

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  7. Blood Test Detects Early Lung Cancer

    Sept. 18, 2007 -- A new blood test promises to detect lung cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. The test is under development by Panacea Pharmaceuticals, Gaithersburg, Md. It detects a recently discovered protein called HAAH. People with at least 20 different kinds of cancer -- including lun

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  8. New Lung Cancer Guidelines Issued

    Sept. 10, 2007 -- Lung cancer experts today issued new guidelines on screening, preventing, and coping with lung cancer. The new lung cancer guidelines, issued by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), update the ACCP's 2003 lung cancer guidelines. Here's a quick look at the guidelines: Lu

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  9. Cholesterol Drugs Fight Lung Cancer

    May 7, 2007 -- People who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for more than six months -- even smokers -- cut their lung cancer risk by 55%, a Veterans Administration study suggests. Taking the drugs for four or more years cut lung cancer risk by 77%. "The data obtained after six months of statin

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  10. Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors

    April 17, 2007 (Los Angeles) -- Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests. In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Pr

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